Barra Mc Grory has practiced law since 1987 when he qualified as a solicitor and entered practice with his late father, PJ Mc Grory. During his 22 years there he was engaged in many high profile criminal cases but regards the successful application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on behalf of the families of the three IRA members killed in Gibraltar by the SAS as his crowning achievement.
Following his representation of the late Martin Mc Guinness MP in the Bloody Sunday inquiry and an associated group he was awarded the rank of Queen’s Counsel on the recommendation of Lord Saville, while still a solicitor. Thereafter, he transferred to the Bar in 2009 and was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland in 2011, where he served until the end of 2017. He has now returned to private practice at the Bars of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and England and Wales.
He is married to Brigid O’Neill, a musician and songwriter and they have two children, one a law student in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the other studying music in Dublin. Outside of the law and his family, Barra’s other passion is the traditional music of Ireland, wich has made this trip to his beloved County Clare a special treat.